Not a moment too soon…
I live in Ohio. Where there is a constant stream of television commercials. Our phone rings off the hook. We’ve even had people knock on our door to personally deliver campaign materials. Just can’t get away from this election.
Online, it continues with pop-up ads and those expressing their opinions all over Facebook, blogs and other forms of social media.
I don’t even want to think about the cost of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, television commercials, radio and print ads. Travel expenses; airplanes gas, food, hotel rooms and other misc. expenses to move candidates around the country to campaign. Then there’s the fundraisng…dinners, formal events, solicitations.
Let’s not forget that those working for campaigns are paid. Speechwriters, aids, analysts, Campaign Mangers and more. Staffing campaigns isn’t cheap.
Almost makes me wonder if there should be spending caps for political campaigns, just like there are salary caps in professional sports.
Imagine if somebody tallied up ALL money spent on Election 2012 and put it towards any ONE issue. Unemployment, Education, Health Care, etc. I would imagine a some good could have been done…
What did all this money pay for?
Mostly negativity. All manner of facts were gathered, arguments constructed, data manipulated. It would be nearly impossible to dig deep enough to find the truth in all of it.
Which is crazy if you consider that there are those firmly to the right, who will always vote straight Republican. And those firmly to the left, who will always vote straight Democrat. They probably aren’t changing their minds.
Candidates are fighting for the votes of those who fall somewhere in the middle. (I’m not sure what percentage of voters fall into that group.)
What I’ve been wondering…
Do the negative ads really sway people? Do people really vote based on them?
For me, it almost does the opposite. I’m turned off by nasty Facebook posts that attack others, call them stupid, or ignorant because they have an opposing political view. When I see that, it doesn’t make me agree with the person dishing it out. It makes me look harder at the other side.
Which brings me to my first ever blog poll. It’s kind of an experiment, as I’ve never put one in a blog before. But I’m a little curious to know if the negativity affects how people vote…